And Myths Dispelled
About the Kaufman Co., TXGenWeb Project site
- Q: Does it cost
anything to join the Kaufman County, TX
mailing list at RootsWeb?
A: No, you may join as many mailing
lists on RootsWeb as you would like without charge.
- I sent a message to
TXKAUFMA-Dfirstname.lastname@example.org. Why wasn't it sent to
the mailing list?
A: The computer at that address
handles requests for subscribing or unsubscribing to the mailing
list in digest mode; it will not send any messages it receives
to the mailing list. To post a message to the mailing list
(regardless if you are subscribed in mail mode or digest mode),
send it to TXKAUFMA-L@rootsweb.com
- Q: I would like
to know if someone knows anything about my Kaufman County ancestors?
A: The way to find out is to visit
the search page to see if any information
on your surnames shows up in any of the search options. Be
sure to check to see if anyone else has posted a query or information
on your ancestors on the Message board at RootsWeb, post a query
of your own to the Kaufman County Message board, check the mailing
list archives to see if someone else who posted a message is
also researching your familiy, and/or send a message of your
own to the Kaufman County mailing list (after subscribing to
it first). You may also ask for a look-up.
- Q: With the internet,
isn't collecting information from websites and information that
others give me research?
A: Not necessarily. The
person who did the research was the person who made the information
available to you. You should give credit to anyone who
helped you obtain information, just like you would note which
book or other source information was found in This includes
look-ups, information others passed on to you via e-mail, information
you collected from a website, etc. When someone does a
look-up for you, you should give them credit for doing so.
- Q: Shouldn't
I expect to find the information I need to research my family
already on the internet (or this website)?
A: The information doesn't just
magically appear although it may seem like that's what happens.
Volunteers, including other visitors to the website, put
work into gathering the information, typing it up, etc. and then
sending it to the Coordinator. The Coordinator then has
to further organize, format and upload it. The purpose
of this site is to help researchers have a better chance of finding
the information they are looking for and to provide a means by
which you can conveniently meet others who may have information
on your family or perhaps are even related to you. Although,
this is a wonderful resource, this does not mean that everything
you're looking for is now or will ever be posted on the internet. If
you want to get as much information on your family as possible
without doing the research, you should consider hiring a professional
- Q: Aren't all
of the USGenWeb county Coordinators professional genealogists
who know everything there is to know about everyone who ever
lived in that county?
A: No, the knowledge and resources
that a Coordinator has varies widely throughout the USGenWeb
Project. The USGenWeb Project is a group of volunteers
who share the common goal of helping to provide genealogical
information on the internet for every county in the United States
for free. The level of expertise that each of the volunteers
has differs from individual to individual.
- Q: Isn't the
USGenWeb Project part of RootsWeb.com or Ancestry.com?
A: No, the USGenWeb Project is
separate from RootsWeb.com and Ancestry.com. Originally
RootsWeb provided free ad-free webspace for the Project. Rootsweb
decided to sell out to Ancestry.com. Ancestry.com now provides
webspace but adds a banner along the top of each page that resides
on their server. That is the extent of what Ancestry.com
offers the volunteers of the USGenWeb Project.